Around the world there are more than 5,000 different Indigenous Nations, speaking more than 4,000 languages.
We have different customs and cultures, but they do share some unpleasant realities: removal of their lands, denial of their culture, physical attacks and being treated as second-class citizens.
We as Indigenous Nations are often marginalized and face discrimination in countries’ legal systems. This leaves them at further risk of violence and abuse. Indigenous human rights defenders who speak out face intimidation and violence, often supported by the state.
Peaceful efforts of Indigenous Nations to maintain their own cultural identity or exercise control over their traditional lands and resources can be branded treason or “terrorism”.
United Indigenous Nations works with Indigenous Peoples to develop urgently needed laws to protect their lands, cultures and livelihoods. At the international level, as Indigenous Peoples have made their voices heard and effectively lobbied governments.